12 June 2006: A ride in the Royal Parks

London’s eight Royal Parks stretch from Greenwich in the east to Richmond in the west and make London one of the greenest big cities in Europe. Between them, the parks’ 5500 acres of land are the lungs of the capital. But they have remarkably few paths where cycling is allowed.

Mark Camley has been Chief Executive of the Royal Parks Agency for just over a year and is convinced more can be done to make the Royal Parks work for cyclists. I talk with Mark about the issues he’s facing in making this happen, and then go for a ride around Hyde Park and Kensington Gardens with Ruth Holmes, a landscape management officer at the Royal Parks with special responsibility for cycling.

Mark welcomes all comments and suggestions from park users, and says he reads all his email personally:




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